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HOW AND WHERE IT BEGAN- Part 8

by Ralph "Silver Fox" Stricker

 

Ralph Stricker has been a successful professional blackjack player for many years. He is the developer of the Silver Fox Card Counting system and author of "Silver Fox Blackjack SystemóYou Can Count On It." Note: This is the system that BJI contributing writer Barfarkel uses and mentions in his BJI trip reports.

Note: Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7 of this series.

This is a true story about the darkest days of my life.

My blackjack life was disrupted by two of the worst-case scenarios that I believe can happen to anyone.

In 1984, I was in the Grand Bahamas playing with one of the best Big Players (BPís) a counter could have. His name was John S. He had been an excellent student and was very proficient and successful playing on his own. John never liked the team concept so when I approached him about being a BP, he jumped at the idea. Besides having a winning trip, we enjoyed the ambiance of each otherís company. We mixed pleasure with business, dining at the best restaurants on the island and enjoying the water and sun. It was a very relaxing five days and we were sorry it had to end.

We left for home and landed at New Yorkís International Airport. As we were departing the plane, we were met by my daughter, my oldest son Peter, and my youngest sonís wife. Right then and there I knew that something was wrong because...

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